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03-02-2006, 11:50 AM
I read so many WW2 books i thought i might recommend a few of my personal favourites to you guys http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

If you have any you recommend i would be all ears, as i could do with just going into a bookshop and grabbing a book instead of spending hours reading the blurbs http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

U-BOATS !! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif / Naval

Das boot (the book obviously)
ISBN 0-304-35231-4
Lothar-Gunther Buchheim
€œThe book is always better than the film€

Iron Coffins
ISBN 0-304-35330-2
Herbert A. Werner
€œGreat personal account of a Officer/Commander, although people tend to give it bad press as it may have a few inaccuracy, but I loved it€

Hirschfeld - The secret Diary of a U-Boat
ISBN 0-304-35498-8
Wolfgang Hirschfeld
***** http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

€œBlo0dy Great !! This again is a personal account, but he was a radio operator who managed to keep a secret diary. It also describes his last voyage which was bound in secrecy as the U-baot he was travelling on contained a Me 262a and canisters of uranium, he also speculates about a secret weapon which may have been on board€

ISBN 0-304-35526-7
Ludovic Kennedy

€œThis is a very good book about the sinking of the Bismarck, it€s detail and telling of the events is very fast paced, which keeps you reading for more ! Highly recommend as it has numerous personal accounts surrounding the events€

ISBN 1-84486-008-6
Ian Hawkins
€œA huge book filled with real life accounts from men who served on Destroyers. If you€re a fan of first hand accounts you will love this€

Arctic Convoys 1941-1945
ISBN 0-7195-6617-7
Richard Woodman

€œ A book which charts the Arctic convoy campaign from start to finish, this is also littered with first hand accounts. A good read if you know little of the arctic campaign€

Land Combat Books

The Forgotten Soldier http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif
ISBN 0-304-35240-3
Guy Sajer
€œ If you haven€t read this book go and buy it now !!! ALT-TAB to Amazon FOOL !!! Seriously this is best book I have ever read ! It is the true life account of a German soldier fighting on the Eastern front - I won€t say anymore I would not be able to do it justice€

With Our Backs To Berlin
ISBN 0-7509-3751-3
Tony Le Tissier

€œ This book is crammed full of real life accounts concerning the German army and its last stand defending Berlin and it€s outskirts.€

Panzer Commander
ISBN 0-304-36401-0
Hans Von Luck

€œThis book is the memoirs of Colonel Hans Von Luck, he fought in El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy & the Russian front ! This book has it all, in particular a very funny moment concerning a British Soldier who was the heir to a cigarette company ! €œ

By Tank Into Normandy
ISBN 0-304-36640-4
Stuart Hills

€œThis is a book was written by a young tank commander who landed on D-Day and fought his way inland, a very gripping read !€

How could I not mention Liddell Hart !

Liddell Hart€s History Of The Second World War
Liddel Hart


€œEverything you wanted to know€

Just a few of my fav€s above, please post some of your Fav books & why. (Cause im off on a spending spree tom ! )

03-02-2006, 12:41 PM
Donits and the Wolfpacks.

The hunters and the hunted.

The Battle of the Atlantic

03-02-2006, 12:45 PM
"The Naked and the Dead" by Norman Mailer
"The Caine Mutiny" by Herman Wouk
"Catch-22" by Joseph Heller
"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon
"Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut
"The Tin Drum" by Gunter Grass
"Cat and Mouse" by Gunter Grass
"Dog Years" by Gunter Grass

03-03-2006, 04:29 PM
Here is a very good book about the U.S. Submarine war against Japan.
Silent Victory by Clay Blair, Jr. published by J.B. Lippincott Company Copyright 1975(1072 pages).

03-04-2006, 03:53 PM
Panzer Commander by Hans Von Luck is one of the best first person accounts I have read.

I tend to like the personal accounts best and here are some I really enjoyed.

Voices From the Third Reich by Steinhoff, Pechel, and Showalter.

They interviewed a lot of Germans and had them recount there war experiences and thoughts. They talked to one U-boat guy and he said this about the enigma machine, "To my knowledge, Donitz was never willing to believe that the code had been compromised. I was a common sailor, but even I knew in 1943 what had happened."

This was a common thread in the book. A lot of anger at people who weren't willing to face reality (and acknowledge a possible failure) and in so doing caused a lot of hardship and death. Can we say Stalingrad.


Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies.

Miep was the primary person on the Dutch side who took care of the Franks while they were in hiding. A very good story.


Berlin Diaries by Marie Vassiltchikov

Marie was a White Russian princess, not from the poor side of the tracks, shall we say. During the war she lived in Berlin and worked at the German Foreign Office. This lady knew a lot of people. The diaries were compiled by her brother into a book after her death in 1978.

What makes this such an important book is that many of her close friends were involved in the July 20th attempt on Hitler. She knew Stauffenberg slightly but was close friends with some of his cousins and she was a close friend of Gottfried Bismarck, a grandson of THE Bismarck. If you remember Stauffenberg didn't use all the explosives he had in the attempt, well Gottfried was hiding the remaining explosives in his safe at the office. When the Gestapo picked Gottfried up, Marie's closest friend Loremarie, raced to his office to get rid of the explosives.

It is also important because you get a view of the war from Berlin.


Grey Wolf, Grey Sea by E.B. Gasaway

I haven't read this yet but can't wait to start. It is the story of U-124 and her commander Jochen Mohr, with a foreword by Donitz. Donitz basically says have a nice day. Come on Grossadmiral.

03-04-2006, 04:43 PM
Originally posted by Bucketlung:
Grey Wolf, Grey Sea by E.B. Gasaway

I haven't read this yet but can't wait to start. It is the story of U-124 and her commander Jochen Mohr, with a foreword by Donitz. Donitz basically says have a nice day. Come on Grossadmiral. I second that. I have the same book and Ive read it sevral times.

It shows both sides of the U-Boat war. The glory, the compasion(both for friend and enemy) and the dispare.

03-05-2006, 03:21 PM
Cheers lads http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif i can see that im gonna be spending a few in Waterstones http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif